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(Body) Shaping Up For Summer

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Summer is in full swing, and that means long, hot days full of outdoor activities with family and friends. But these warmer months also mean showing more skin. If you’re uncomfortable with the way you look, it can be difficult to see other people sporting shorts and bikinis. Being unhappy with the way your body looks and comparing it to celebrities is a natural human trait.

Incorporating healthy options into your daily routine, like exercising and eating nutritious foods, are the most important ways you can enhance your outward appearance. But sometimes it isn’t enough. When added to a healthy lifestyle, cosmetic procedures are a great way to boost your self-confidence.

At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we offer an array of surgical procedures that provide realistic, natural-looking results. Summer is a great time to refresh your overall appearance. Our patients come to us from all walks of life and for many different reasons, but the most popular cosmetic procedures we provide are tummy tucks and liposuction.

Tummy Tucks

The abdomen area may begin to weaken with age, weight gain or pregnancy. Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck can help to tighten lost structure and improve the contours of the body. Oftentimes, sagging skin doesn’t respond to diet and exercise, so this procedure is a great option for those looking to boost confidence with a more flattering midsection.

Dr. Elias will assess your medical history and recommend the abdominoplasty procedure he feels will achieve your best results. You will be placed under IV sedation or general anesthesia before an incision is made between the pubic area and belly button. The procedure will lift your skin, tighten the muscles and eliminate any fatty tissues.

Following the procedure, you may experience some pain and discomfort. Although you may not want to move much, it’s important to get up and walk around to ensure good circulation throughout the body. You should recover for a good two to four weeks before returning to your daily routines.


Hitting the beach is always a favorite on hot days, but if you’re experiencing body-image issues it isn’t quite as fun. Many of our patients, especially women, request liposuction on the fatty areas of the thighs and hips. During your consultation, you can discuss with Dr. Elias which areas are the most aesthetically unpleasing to you. He will then draw up a plan to help you achieve realistic results.

During the procedure, you will be placed under a general or local anesthesia to ensure a pain-free experience. Through half-inch incisions, Dr. Elias will then loosen and suck the fat out through a vacuum. Initially, you may experience some swelling, bruising and redness, but any pain will be treated with a prescription medication. The recovery period generally will last a few months, during which you will wear dressing and compression bandages on the treated areas.

You can expect to see great results in the months following your procedure, but it’s important to note that liposuction doesn’t promise perfection. The procedure will remove the fatty tissues in the body, but depending on your aesthetic goals, we may recommend combining it with other body contouring procedures for a more dramatic effect.

Benefits of Body Contouring

Body contouring procedures can help you look and feel your best by removing excess skin, tightening muscles or lifting tissue. Many patients experience better-fitted clothing, a more youthful and toned shape and improved self-confidence following a body contouring procedure by Dr. Elias.

At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we offer a compassionate team who is knowledgeable and supportive every step of the way. Our clinic is located in Sherman Oaks and serves the entire Los Angeles metro area. If you’re ready to shape up your body this summer, give us a call at 818-616-6685.

Dr. Husam Elias Hasam Elias

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